Written By: Prithvi (Puneite_)
Australian all-rounder and T20 World Cup star Mitchell Marsh has sustained a hip flexor injury and is doubtful for the upcoming limited overs series in Pakistan and for the subsequent IPL. Marsh was bought by the Delhi Capitals for a whooping price of 6.5 crores.
Australia ODI captain Aaron Finch in Lahore said “Marsh’s scans have been sent for examination after he sustained the injury during a high-intensity fielding drill on Sunday and I don’t think he will be available for this series based on how he was feeling yesterday.”
Marsh’s unavailability could be a massive blow for the Capitals. He has been in a stellar form in the past one year and was supposed to bat at 3 for DC. In the past 1 year, Marsh scored 627 runs for Australia and was the team’s leading batter in West Indies and Bangladesh. He starred in the T20 World Cup final by scoring 77 and won the MoM award for his performance. He played 8 games in this year’s Big Bash League and scored 357 runs at a SR of 142 which included 1 century and 2 half centuries.
Below is a list of his potential replacements:-
1. Hayden Kerr
Hayden Kerr is an emerging star of Australian cricket. He smashed 98* from 58 deliveries opening the batting to send a depleted Sydney Sixers side into the BBL11 final. He was the 2nd highest wicket taker in this year’s edition of the Big Bash league with 25 wickets from 17 innings at an economy of 7.5. A left-arm pace bowler is always a big advantage. “I just put myself in for the absolute minimum amount, hopefully there’s an opportunity there if someone needs a back-up bowler, all-rounder or something like that. You never know if there’s a few injuries, hopefully the innings last night has helped cement my spot as an all-rounder” This is how Kerr had expressed his desire to play in the IPL after that knock of 98*.
2. David Wiese
He has been making news with his all-round performances right from the CPL, T20 WC to the recently held PSL. Wiese debuted for Namibia in the WT20 Qualifiers and won two Man of the Match awards in first 3 matches which helped helping Namibia qualify for the Super 12.
Wiese played 5 games in CPL 2021. He took 11 wickets and scored 91 runs down the order. In this year’s PSL, Wiese took 9 wickets for the Lahore Qalandars at an economy of 8.36. He scored 168 runs at an SR of 184 which included 28(8) in the final, and a player of the match award in Eliminator when he again scored 28(8). Wiese had a superb outing in 2015 for RCB. He took 16 wickets and smashed 122 runs at a strike rate of 141 in 7 innings.
3. Dasun Shanaka
Social media posts by a player management company hinted that a Sri Lankan would join the IPL. All signs point to Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka’s T20I skipper. Shanaka recently played a blinder of an innings against India in the last T20i match of the series by scoring 74*(38) and another handy knock of 47(30) in the 2nd T20i. Even in Australia he kept chipping with 30s in the middle order. His international numbers aren’t great but his domestic T20 stats are far superior. He strikes at 160 from 77 games and overall his career T20 SR is 142 from 141 matches. He also bowls meduim pace and has taken 38 wickets in the format.
4. Ben Cutting
Just like Wiese, Cutting was in red hot form in the PSL. He scored 197 runs at an SR of 164 but this BBL was not his best season and he hardly has any performances to show Cutting was player of the match in 2016 final vs RCB and would hope to bring the same magic to IPL this season.
Complete List of Odds of all IPL Teams
Mumbai Indians – 5.50
Delhi Capitals – 6.00
Chennai Super Kings – 7.00
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 8.00
Punjab Kings – 8.00
Kolkata Knight Riders – 9.00
Rajasthan Royals – 10.00
Lucknow Super Giants – 11.00
Gujarat Titans – 13.00
Sunrisers Hyderabad – 21.00